The goal of the HMS financial aid program is to help students find the resources necessary to attend HMS. In academic year 2012-13, the HMS Financial Aid Office has administered approximately $31 million in loans, employment, and scholarship funding from various federal, private, and school sources to approximately 85 percent of the HMS student body.
Application for financial assistance is completely separate from the application for admission. In evaluating applicants for admission, the Committee on Admissions maintains a strict policy of selecting candidates without regard to their ability to pay for medical school. Candidates selected for admission or the wait list are invited to apply for financial assistance and will be sent the necessary forms.
The Financial Aid Office awards financial assistance solely on the basis of financial need and availability of funds; there are no merit-based scholarship awards.
The decision to attend a high-cost private medical school should involve the entire family. Individual students (and spouses, if married) and their parents have the primary responsibility for financing the cost of a medical education at Harvard. Our financial aid program strives to help students meet a shortfall of funds after the student and his/her family have made the maximum financial effort.